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Brian's Return (2000)

by Gary Paulsen

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Genre: Fiction (Survival)

Reading Level: 5th grade and up

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"As millions of readers of Hatchet, The River, and Brian's Winter know, Brian Robeson survived alone in the wilderness by finding solutions to extraordinary challenges.
Sixteen-year-old Brian hasn't been able to forget his life in the wilderness. Now that's he's back in civilization, he can't find a way to make sense of high school life. He feels disconnected, more isolated than he did alone in the North.
After some trouble at school, a blind counselor named Caleb encourages him to return to the north woods, and Brian packs his gear and heads "back in," for only in the wilderness can Brian discover his true path in life, and where he belongs.”
-Scholastic

I love this book and several environmental education lessons could be taught. Being prepared, edible plants, ecosystems. ( )
  aelucas | Dec 9, 2013 |
A phenomenal conclusion to the series. It's far less "adventury" than the other books, and much more serene. The woods has stopped being Brian's enemy; something to conquer or survive, but something with which to merge. ( )
  benuathanasia | Mar 5, 2013 |
Brian Robeson has lived back at home for a while after being stranded in the wilderness. He feels a strong connection to the forest and decides to return and fend for himself again. He encounters a flood and other problems. ( )
  SebastianHagelstein | Dec 24, 2012 |
Brian’s Return written by Gary Paulsen is a very adventurous book that many readers may enjoy.This story mainly about the years after Brian was found nearly dead in the forest.Brian is now in High School but doesn’t really “fit in” anymore with the other kids.Since Brian is different from the rest,he starts to want to go back to the forest to find his true self.As he does,he encounters many new experiences that build up character,strength,and intellegence.

My opinion towards this novel is amazed and a bit disappointed.I am amazed because Paulsen actually continued a series that seemed like an absolute ending.But I’m also amazed that Paulsen kept Brian’s personality in tacked after all these books made by him.I am also only a bit disappointed in something that in my opinion might have been improved.Some things are that Paulsen made the story a bit short.What I mean is that there was an abrupt end or just like a preview to a next book that Paulsen might be making.But other than that,Paulsen did an excellent job making a great book and its recommended for those who like Brian and his adventures.
  br13amfu | Nov 15, 2012 |
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This book is dedicated to Alana for taking good care of Linda
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Brian sat quietly, taken by a peace he had not known for a long time, and let the canoe drift forward along the lily pads.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0440413796, Mass Market Paperback)

A deer in his canoe, a bear attack, a leg stabbed with an arrowhead--it's just another week in the life of 16-year-old Brian Robeson. In his opinion, this beats a date at Mackey's Pizza Den, a fight with a bully, and a video game at the mall any day. After having survived a plane crash and 54 days in the Canadian wilderness several years earlier, Brian can't seem to fit into "civilization." The world of high school and family life makes no sense anymore. So Brian begins to plan. It's time to return to the woods. This time, though, he makes no plans to come back home.

Gary Paulsen, the popular author of many critically acclaimed books for young people and winner of the 1997 Margaret A. Edward Award, has written another sequel to the Newbery Honor Book Hatchet. (The River and Brian's Winter were earlier sequels.) Paulsen's graphic and detailed descriptions of Brian's adventures demonstrate a deep familiarity and connection to the wilderness; and in fact the author has spent much of his life in the bush, living almost entirely off the land. Brian's experiences in nature parallel his growing independence and maturity; readers who don't feel like they "fit in" will easily relate to the young protagonist's search for identity and purity. (Ages 11 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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After having survived alone in the wilderness, Brian finds that he can no longer live in the city but must return to the place where he really belongs.

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